From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

The New Jersey Chapter 
of the National Railway Historical Society
presents a Zoom program

Underground Philadelphia:
From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

Jan 24, 2022 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WJC member Joel Spivak will present his program on Underground Philadelphia. The program is based on a book by Harry Kyriadkodis and Joel that they put together in 2019.  We will record the program in case you miss it live.

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above.

David Homer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

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Passcode: 828279
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Be sure to check our West Jersey Chapter webpage:

https://www.westjersey-nrhs.org/

What’s Joel Doing?

South Street Museum Opening
523 S. 4
th St. – Phila. PA 19147

The Museum is a collection of artifacts from the South Street Renaissance as it happened from1962 to
the present including a history of the neighborhood.

The Museum will be open:
Saturday December 4,  2021  2 until 6
Saturday Dec. 11, 2021  12 until 6
Saturday Dec 18, 2021 12 until 6

And by appointment, contact:
joelspivak@comcast.net 

Alchemy Illuminated: The Art of Crafting from Trash

Oliver Evans chapter member Joel Spivak is exhibiting at the Neon Museum in Northern Liberties. He is a member of  the Philadelphia Dumpster Divers , a found object art collective formed 29 years ago

Grand Opening this Weekend!

Friday, November 5th
4pm-8pm
First Friday soft opening of the exhibit

Saturday, November 6th
12pm-5pm
Grand opening with the Dumpster Divers in attendance

Know Before You Go


The Museum recommends reserving tickets, though walk-ins are welcome.
$10 admission per adult. 7 to 12 year olds enter for free.

Here is a link to full information on the museum and exhibit and to make a reservation:
https://neonmuseumofphiladelphia.com/news/alchemy-illuminated

GHOSTS OF WATER PART 2

Fairmount Park Conservancy presents

GHOSTS OF WATER PART 2

by Adam Levine, Historical Consultant, Philadelphia Water Department
 and creator of www.phillyh2o.org.

Thursday, April 1, at noon

Free, registration required at https://myphillypark.org/event/ghosts-of-water-webinar-part-2/

Adam Levine, historian for the Philadelphia Water Department, uncovers more ghosts of Fairmount Park’s watery past. Join him for this illustrated lecture as he talks about more abandoned reservoirs in Roxborough, another pumping station and standpipe in Holmesburg, swimming lakes (not pools) in East Falls and South Philadelphia, winter skating, and the steamboats that plied the Schuylkill through the 19th and early 20th century.

This talk is a follow-up to an earlier lecture, Ghosts of Water Part 1, which took place last October and can be found here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v48rUS1GKK0

 

 

 

 

UNDERGROUND PHILADELPHIA

The Warminster Historical Society presents

UNDERGROUND PHILADELPHIA:
From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

With authors: Harry Kyraikodis & Joel Spivak
Monday, February 24th, 2020 at 6:30 PM
at the Warminster Free Library, 1076 Emma Ln, Warminster, PA 18974
Free and open to all

Online Registration Required at:  https://forms.gle/mvtwFBdsAU3aXzyG6

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. The construction of multiple subway lines within Center City took place during the early twentieth century. An intricate subsurface pedestrian concourse was also developed throughout the downtown area for the city’s inhabitants. From Thirtieth Street Station and Reading Terminal to the Commuter Rail Tunnel and transit lines that were never built, Philadelphia’s infrastructure history is buried under the earth as much as above. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

Books will be available for $20.

Questions: 267.961.2189 or warminsterhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

What Saving the Newkirk Monument Taught Us, and What We Still Don’t Know

2019-09-21 Newkirk Monument PRRTHS

In 1838, the Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Baltimore Railroad completed the first rail line between its namesake cities, a landmark feat that would eventually link Boston and New York to the nation’s capital. The following year, the railroad’s board commemorated the effort with a 15-foot marble obelisk at the western foot of its bridge at Grays Ferry. Inscribed on this Newkirk Monument were the names of the four railroads that merged to form the PW&B, and 51 of their executives, engineers, and contractors. For years, the Monument held a place of honor along the Pennsylvania Railroad’s line to Washington, D.C. But by the 21st century, the obelisk was eroding and largely forgotten, until a remarkable coalition of government and private groups came together to save it. The Monument has much to tell us about Philly’s railroads in the Age of Jackson — yet some things remain shrouded in history. Please join us for a talk about the Newkirk Monument, and perhaps even to help us solve its remaining mysteries.

September 21, 2019 1:30 PM

Drexel Hill Methodist Church
600 Burmont Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

More about  PRRT&HS

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society (PRRT&HS), is a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation, is a qualified independent 501(c)(3) Chapter of the Society. The Chapter was formed, by members of the society interested in the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR). The Chapter strives to preserve the history and memory of the Pennsylvania Railroad operations in the greater Philadelphia area. It publishes the “High Line/Keystone Chronicles” magazine on an annual basis. The active information interchange between members and that offered to the public through our publications and internet activity, is greatly enhanced by the many long time rail fans and former PRR employees among our membership. Chapter members possess many areas of interest, experience and expertise… Please share this newsletter with a perspective new member and invite them to a future meeting as a guest!

http://www.philaprrths.com

Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

September 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This free program will take place inside the church sanctuary, followed by a reception in Riverside Hall with live piano music provided by the Jazz Sanctuary. For a modest donation, enjoy gourmet cheesecake by a local pastry chef, paired with moscato wine, coffee or tea.

If you plan to go to this event, the church would appreciate your confirming a reservation. As of a few days ago 55 people had confirmed attendance. Here is the link:

Underground Philadelphia: From Caves and Canals to Tunnels and Transit

MILLS OF THE DELAWARE VALLEY

Locksley Mill Creek Road, Thornbury Twp (Dan Campbell)

Locksley Mill Creek Road, Thornbury Twp

A presentation of The Middeltown Township Historical Society

by Daniel T. Campbell 

AIA, architect and President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of SPOOM (The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills, www.spoommidatlantic.org)

Thursday, September 26 at 7:00 p.m.

From the beginning of European settlement the creeks of Chester County (from which Delaware County was created in 1789) were a source of revenue for area residents. In 1699 William Penn partnered with Caleb Pusey and Samuel Carpenter to operate a grist mill along Chester Creek in Upland, only one of the hundreds of grist, saw, fulling and other mills, that lined the banks of our County’s waterways flowing into the Delaware River going north from the Brandywine, to Chester, Ridley, Crum, Darby and Cobbs Creeks. Join Dan for the fascinating history of milling in southeastern PA and the process of locating and identifying these mills, whether still existing, re-purposed or in some degree of decay.

Lima Estates, 411 North Middletown Road, Media, PA

Free and open to the public, no registration required.

Mill stones (Dan Campbell)

UNDERGROUND PHILADELPHIA: FROM CAVES AND CANALS TO TUNNELS AND TRANSIT

Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation presents

A Book Talk with authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak

Wednesday, September 18th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Philadelphia’s relationship with the underground is as old as the city itself, dating back to when Quaker settlers resided in caves alongside the Delaware River more than three hundred years ago. The City of Brotherly Love later became a national and world leader in the delivery of water, gas, steam, and electricity during the industrial age. Join authors Harry Kyriakodis and Joel Spivak as they reveal the curious aspects of the Quaker City’s underground experience.

Historic Gloria Dei Church, 916 S Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA

Admission is free, no registration required.

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Historic Gloria Dei Church, 916 S Swanson Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

Admission is free, no registration required.

 

Mill Creek to Sewer

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Mill Creek Sewer, ca. 1883, at 47th Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia. The effort to encapsulate and bury Mill Creek in a 21-foot (6.4 m) sewer pipe ran from 1869 to 1894

June 25th, 6:30 pm

Adam Levine, historian at the Philadelphia Water Department, will talk on the fascinating history of Mill Creek, encapsulated as a sewer from 1869 to 1895. Hear updates on work happening this summer at 43rd and Baltimore.

June 25th at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. The McNeil Science and Technology Center, University of the Sciences, room 145 , 600 S 43rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

RSVP recommended but not required at facebook.com PhillyH2O. Check out Adam’s website, a great resource on Philadelphia water history. http://www.phillyh2o.org/index.htm